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Suicide prevention: learning from sociocultural perspectives to build a sustainable global community

  • Full or part time

    Prof DB Bailey
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This research aims to understand suicide across cultures. So for example in developed countries suicide rates are higher for females than males, while in LMICs this gender difference is less marked Participatory Action Research as the overall research design/approach will support the co-creation of knowledge about suicide prevention. A combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches will be used to gather data including locally held statistics, and narratives from people with lived experience of suicide in their families, as well as frontline workers for example school teachers, spiritual healers, community health workers and policy makers. In accordance with the iterative cycle of PAR, stakeholders will be involved in planning the data collection strategy with the PhD student, the action associated with capturing the data and the critical reflection on the emerging findings as part of the analysis. This novel approach will bring stakeholders together globally to consider suicide prevention as a health priority. Innovation from the study will be co-created, global strategies to support suicide prevention and related policy change.

This project aligns with the strategic theme of health and wellbeing at NTU and with this global theme for policy directives more generally. We know through our track record of Participatory Action Research at NTU that people are willing to engage with sensitive topics that directly affect them and given the opportunity, can find new solutions that make the world a healthier and safer place in which to live. By co-creating knowledge about suicide prevention that draws from different cultures, spanning western and LMICs the project demonstrates our research priority of sustainable futures.


Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website at https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/how-to-apply-2/. Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects can be seen at https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/

The final deadline for application is 12 April 2019.

Funding Notes

DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of (approximately) £20,989 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s).
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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